The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings are two the surprise teams in the NFC this season.
Each team comes into the Week 7 matchup with a 4-2 record, and each is coming off a loss. The Cardinals have not won in Minnesota since 1977.
Will they get the job done Sunday? The experts at Arizona Sports 620 tell you, and we encourage you to post your prediction with a comment.
The Metrodome or Mall of America Field or whatever they're calling that establishment these days has been a house of horrors for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are 0-7 in that building and have lost by an average score of 34-17.
I shudder to think how many sacks Jared Allen will have against the Cardinals' offensive line — if he plays — he's missed practice time this week. I just don't see Arizona getting it done until their offense gets it together.
This week it's all about big plays. The Cardinals need the offense and special teams to produce them, and they need the defense to keep Percy Harvin & Adrian Peterson from having any. I think we might see a little more risk taking on both sides of the ball, but unfortunately it doesn't pay off...yet.
Final Score: Vikings 24, Cardinals 17
It's a gut feeling more than a key. I've got a gut feeling that John Skelton -- who doesn't take as many sacks as Kevin Kolb and certainly can get the ball down the field with more ease than Kevin Kolb -- will make a difference offensively for the Cardinals. It's a tough place to play, and the presence of Jared Allen doesn't help. But I do think the Cardinals will win one of these seemingly unwinnable games in the next month. Why not Minnesota?
Final Score: Cardinals 24, Vikings 20
Adrian Peterson ends his scoring drought of five games with two touchdown runs and Minnesota gets seven sacks over hapless Cards offensive line. I can imagine Jared Allen is licking his chops looking at these Cardinals tackles. Arizona, even with a good defense, will have a tough time stopping Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. The Vikings already have a win over an NFC West team, handling the 49ers easily with a 24-13 win ,and now they get another one.
Final Score: Vikings 27, Cardinals 10
On paper this would appear to be a game the Cardinals will struggle in. The Vikings have playmakers on offense to go along with a solid defense. However, the games are not played on paper.
They're played on the field, and given this one is in Minnesota -- where the Cardinals have not win since I've been alive -- it's tough to see them getting back on track.
This won't be a high scoring affair, but are they ever with the Cardinals?
Playing in front of another raucous dome stadium crowd. Using a quarterback that hasn't started since Week 1. Still have glaring issues along the offensive line and at running back. Going up against a talented pass rush. Yeah, this Sunday's game has all the makings for a rout on the road. Christian Ponder hasn't played great football of late and Adrian Peterson has been battling injury, but the Vikings will have terrific field position all day. The Cardinals' defense will keep them it for a half, but no longer than that. Arizona drops its third straight and it won't be pretty.
Final Score: Vikings 27, Cardinals 12
Christian Ponder says he has been focusing on his footwork in practice this week. The Vikings QB really should be concentrating on his foot speed, because he's going to need plenty of it to avoid all the blitzes DC Ray Horton will rain down upon the 2nd year QB. Cards remember last season (trailing 28-0 before even earning a first down) and that's motivation for a payback win.
Final Score: Cardinals 19, Vikings 13
When your offensive line is struggling, meeting Jared Allen is not a good thing.
Buffalo was one of the worst defenses in NFL history over a short time period and the Cards could only muster 16 points.
The only chance Arizona has is to not abandon the run. This team must run the ball more. They must accept punting and defense. More screens and draws. Don't tell me after a loss there were plays to be made because if your players aren't good enough to make the plays then there weren't plays to be made.
Despite the presence of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, I really don't see the Vikings doing a lot of damage on Sunday. Of course, neither will the Cardinals, but they'll still come out on top after a full week of working with Skelton. It'll be ugly, but the Cardinals will win.
Final Score: Cardinals 19, Vikings 16
Cards defense should still keep this one pretty close but the offense just won't have what it takes. I think Arizona will try to get their running game going early but I doubt they'll get much production.
Final Score: Vikings 24, Cardinals 17
The Cardinals are in trouble here...only putting up 16 points against the Bills is disturbing...and now that Kevin Kolb and his scrambling ability are injured and John Skelton has to step in, this could get ugly quick. Skelton needs a solid or at least decent offensive line to perform...he won't have it this or any other game this season.
Final Score: Vikings 30, Cardinals 10